Thomas Edison: A Captivating Guide to the Life of a Genius Inventor (2)
Deafness, pure and simple, was responsible for the experimentation which perfected the machine.
What set Edison apart was his drive to continue to educate himself long after he had left the classroom.
Still, the publication had several contributing writers and regular subscribers.
He never returned to journalism in a serious way, but Edison became a prolific journal writer, producing nearly five million pages of notes and observations in his lifetime, and much of what we know about his life, and his inventions, comes from his words.
Throwing aside his papers, he plunged between the cars just in time to drag himself and the child clear of the approaching cars.
The profession of telegraphy, though popular, had a less-than-lily-white reputation.
In 1869, Edison was determined to invent full time and make his fortune. The relationship between Edison’s innovations and to the acquisition of wealth was unequivocal.
He once remarked, “Anything that won’t sell I don’t want to invent. Sales are proof of utility and utility is success.”
When Edison demonstrated the invention for a congressional committee, they flatly rejected it as anathema to the intentionally slow system for gathering votes already in place.
His stated wish was to produce “a minor invention every 10 days, and a big thing every six months or so.”
He wanted to have whatever he required to create, test, and demonstrate his inventions on hand.
The lamps were kept lit, monitored, and soot they produced was collected for use in transmitters, as well as in other Edison experiments.
Bell’s work, though impressive by any standard, was not without flaws.
Eventually, Berliner’s patent was deemed invalid in favor of Edison’s. Numerous hearings and dozens of lawsuits were launched in the years that followed. Western Union, Edison, Bell and other vital players wrangled with each other for years in the attempt to hold ownership of telephone technology, and eventually, Bell would become the world leader in telecommunications.
It is possible he did not want to draw attention to his deafness.
Thomas once said he’d last heard a bird sing at age 12.
Bell firmly believed that vocalization (then called oralism) was a superior form of communication, and he promoted speech even for the profoundly deaf.
Edison’s light bulb was not the first, but it was the first practical and commercially realistic version of the new technology. Like much of Edison’s work, he and his team excelled at modifying and improving existing inventions to meet market and manufacturing demands.
In Edison’s own words: “I speak without exaggeration when I say that I have constructed three thousand different theories in connection with the electric light, each one of them reasonable and appears to be true. Yet only in two cases did my experiments prove the truth of my theory.
His vision combined his understanding of how gas was distributed at the time, and how telegraphs signals traveled.
However, this process of installing a dynamo for each separate building was costly.
The success of this event made Edison a household name.comments powered by Disqus